Tired of Giving Boring Gifts? Try an Experience Instead.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s no secret that most are scrambling to find the perfect gift for their sweetie.

Not to scare you, but nationwide, $9.5 billion dollars are spent on unwanted gifts. That’s a lot of wasted money. Your Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be a #failure. Instead of the staple roses, chocolate, and jewelry chorus we’ve all sung a million times over, how about trying something different this year?

Something like an experience gift.

You may be thinking: Sure, that sounds great… but gosh, won’t that get expensive and take a lot of time and research?

WRONG!

There are websites that do it all for you. All you have to do is select your city and state, an experience category (from adventurous to food and drink to anything in between), and your price range.

Want to take a cocktail tour? How about some indoor skydiving? Check out these websites, and discover a wide variety of experiences you can choose from:

As you begin your search, here are some things to keep in mind:

Tailor the Experience

What does your significant other enjoy? Are they a history buff? Maybe they love ice cream or are into the theater. Possibly they’re an adrenaline junkie. Tailor your search to their particular interests.

If You Can’t Afford It, Don’t Overdo It

If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, there are plenty of inexpensive activities you can do. You can even consider crafting your own experience. Recreate your first date or take them star gazing with a bottle of champagne. Consider doing a movie night in… pop some popcorn, buy a smorgasbord of candy and soda, and play all their favorite movies. What makes experiences so special is being with someone you love. Doing something together is the key.

Memories Don’t Cost a Thing

1 in 4 millennials plan on buying an experience gift this Valentine’s Day. It’s trending for a reason… people want to spend money on something that’ll leave a lasting mark, not more “stuff” that’ll accumulate around the house.

At the end of the day, it’s about forging deeper relationships with those you love. And you can’t buy that at a store.

Chocolate: $15

Flowers: $50

Jewelry: $100

Memories: PRICELESS!

Have you given your partner an experience for a special occasion? Tell us about it in the comments!

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